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St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: joe1510 on 05-11-2009

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a lingering white head. Looks like a standard Belgian saison, but is appealing in its own way.

S: Peppery, hoppy, and fruity on the nose. Spicy, funky yeast, lemon, caramel, and alcohol are noticeable. A bit more subdued than many ales of this style.

T: Opens hoppy and tart with notes of lemon, bitter orange, kumquat, and grass followed by cream, caramel, and oaky, lactic yeast flavors. The finish is smooth, yet retains a bit of bite with flavors of lemon, oak, spicy yeast, and peppery alcohol coming through loud and clear.

M: Medium-bodied and dry, but a bit slight. I found this beer to be somewhat watery, which is very out of character for this style.

O: St. Feuillien Saison gets many things right. It looks, smells, and tastes the way a quality saison should, yet the thin, watery mouthfeel is a serious issue for this beer. I like it, but would not go out of my way for it.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber producing a relentless head-- typical of bottle conditioned beers. The head was a wonderful sculptured iceberg of froth lasting what seemed like forever. At long last it decreased to a blanket covering the surface of the beer.

The nose was mild but with a hops and citrus note.

Flavor was mild with strong notes of hops and citrus. The flavor also had a life to itself on the palate that of a tangy citrus, but not an overwhelming presence.

A nice clean finish that ended and a linear decay of the beer's flavor.

Mouthfeel was very cordial.

Overall this Saison was a very enjoyable libation. Not particularly strong or robust flavor, but a mild yet tangy flavor.

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. Besty by 1/24/13 lasered on back label. It was a hazy orange amber with slight carb streams. It had a good sized head that settled into a good collar. Moderate sheeting that quickly settles back into the glass.

The aroma was sweeter than I expected for a saison, a little BIPA influenced. Along with the sweet was the usual spicy yeast of a saison but a little subdued compared to norms. Bit of candi sugar and honey in there and a touch of sour as well. Interesting mix of aromas. The flavor follows the aroma with the sweet from the fruit and honey hitting up front with some of the spice hitting mid drink. There is also a slight funk element that hits right at the end and dominates the aftertaste. I normally love some funk but this didn't blend as well. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels but the funky aftertaste.

Overall, a good middle of the pack saison. I initially enjoyed the variations but in the end I missed those traditional elements. Do recommend though. Just hit the Dallas market. Rotation - it wouldn't make the regular saison rotation for me and I'd consider it for the occasional change-up but it was too pricey for that. Maybe the rare purchase every year or so to see if it grows on me. [O;O]

Photo of jascox2
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Early volitiles of bready, yeasty notes. Mid soapy fragrence, later lemon citrus eroma appears after warming

Appearance:Dark straw, sunflower in color, with a ghostly clarity due to the wheat. Medium to low head retention

Flavor:Honey like sweetness, but with a late somewhat harsh bitterness. Quite a dry finish, with some alcohol dryness/ heat, some spice, but not peppery. Salt is quite noticable.

Mouthfeel:Creamy, soapy body, clean finish due to dryness. Well done here.

Overall:Good saison example but a little off balance. Wife loves this beer though.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large white head that lasts for a while and leaves good lacing.

Nice aroma of citrus and spice upfront along with light grassy hops.

Taste starts off with notes of lemon, pear, and some banana, followed by Belgian yeast and a peppery finish.

Medium body with plenty of active carbonation. Good overall. Not over the top, but just a nice solid saison.

Photo of omnigrits
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle (best before Jan 24th 2013) into a tall goblet.

A. This is an incredibly lively beer. It took me three pours to to get it into the glass, waiting for the huge white head sitting on top of a pale gold-coloured beer to subside each time.

S. Lemongrass, pepper, dusty, chalky, characteristic Belgian yeast.

T. More of the same with a moderate bitterness. There's some sweet summer fruits in there too.

M. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation.

O. A very nice run-of-the-mill saison. Nothing outstandingly good or bad, just a well made everyday beer.

Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge 3 finger foam head on top of a semi hazed burnt orange.

S - Dry grass, dusty yeast, spice, hints of earthy citrus.

T - Crisp and spicy upfront, dried pears, lemon, an earthy wood-like character, dried floral-like hop spice on the finish. The yeast doesn't really show on the palate until the aftertaste.

M - Spritzy carbonation, very dry, medium bodied.

Nice and dry. The yeast is mellow but hits on aftertaste. Very good overall.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (25 cl.), tasted 2011.

Appearance : yellow color, with a huge white head.
Smell : yeasty aromas with notes of coriander.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty flavours with notes of citrus leading to a lightly bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style saison.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by February 2013; Sampled July 2011
A careful pour still produces a four finger thick, pale tan tinged head. The beer is a pale amber tinged gold color that shows a lightly hazed, straw / pale-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of orange zest, dried grass, chamomile, a light herbal hop character and a finish that has a musty, woody, black pepper note to it. The orange zest character plays quite a prominent role in the nose, as does the musty, woody, sort of black pepper character in the finish; really though the fruitiness in the nose is the dominant aromatic note. The nose is still quite lively and fairly complex even; this is much more interesting than I was expecting

Dry and spicy up front but quickly picks up a fruit and sweetness, actually it is more fruit than sweetness, but the former accentuates the latter by quite a bit. The finish has a sort of peppery note to it and a touch of phenols that add some interest to the character of this beer. The fruit notes, while quite noticeable, are not totally distinct, but seems to contribute flavors of melon, pear and perhaps some green apple. There is a nice cracker like grain character here along with some honey accentuated malt sweetness and just a nice, round grassy grain flavor. Lemon zest flavors in the finish can be fairly distinct at times and are certainly a touch of departure from the orange-zest that was noticeable in the finish. The carbonation can be quite ample at times (well specifically after pouring a fresh glass), it helps accentuate notes of pepper, Japanese pickled ginger and just a solid carbonic bite. There is an earthy, sort of base, dirty coriander like flavor that subtly influences the finish; I would guess this is entirely yeast derived, and, despite my description, actually adds more depth to this beer rather than detracts. There is some phenolic character, especially noticeable towards the finish, that has a tongue numbing, turpene like quality to it, but is probably more accessibly described as amply clove like; actually now that I am noticing it as such, the clove character in this beer is quite pronounced. This has a touch more body to it than I might prefer in a Saison, but it is still down-right quaffable.

This is actually quite a decent example of a Saison; to be honest I wasn’t expecting much here, but have been pleasantly surprised. It doesn’t quite meet the ideal that I have in mind for a Saison, but it is more than serviceable.

Photo of VMWhelan
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Pours a golden color with a big frothy white head.

Smells fruity, mostly orange, backed up with a huge sweetness and some spicy belgian yeast notes. Expected more funkyness or fruity sourness to it, but maybe I was wrong. This is the first saison I've had that's actually brewed in Belgium.

Belgian yeast dominates, giving a biscuity flavor, backed up by some fruitiness and ends with some spicy pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkablity is great. At only 6.5% this is easy to drink a whole bottle. A whole lot of flavor and exactly what I look for in a Belgian brew.

Photo of bruachan
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

head-ey! hazy peachamber

fruitier smelling than most saisons. plenty of sweetness backs up the minty and grassy hop aroma, and holds up the apricot and honey aromas.

very low bitterness, at least at the finish and early on. it does slowly mount as the beer warms. woodsy hop flavor, with subdued pepperiness

i have to ask myself, is this a saison or a tripel? it really doesn't have the trademark saison yeast component

Photo of drtth
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly hazed apricot/peach color with a ¾” creamy off-white head that recedes to leave a layer over the liquid and lots of foam and lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some modest lacing for much of the beer, even after the head has receded to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: The aromas include notes of citrus and white pepper with some grassy, earthy touches along with a bit of apricot and peach.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include a bit of white pepper and citrus (lemon and tangerine), some apricot and peach along with a touch of grassy bitterness which blend quite nicely with some sweetness from the bready malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy and prickly from the active carbonation. The finish is medium long, mostly fruity and sweet with a nice dry bitter ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one nicely drinkable with its combination of fruity and spicy character. My overall impression is that this is a well-made beer worth having again. It also seems a bit different that most of the saisons I’ve tried but I like what I’ve found in this beer.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fountainhead in a branded St. Feuillien oversized snifter.

Appearance: This pours an amber tangerine color, hazy with a creamy foam cap on tap that fades to a pangea of foam over time, leaving a web of lace on the glass. This is a little bit darker than I would normally expect out of the style.

Smell: The aroma is full of fresh cut grass, white pepper, lemon, and some minerals.

Taste: Up front a dry, crackery malt takes hold, with some lemon zest providing a lightly tart kick. The mineral content is noticeable throughout each sip. Toward the end some citrus and grassy hoppiness add some additional flavor without making it overly bitter. The finish is somewhat clean.

Mouthfeel: This is a little bit grainy, with light to medium body, and medium creamy carbonation.

Overall: This was nice overall, I think the mineral presence just added a bit of a grainy character that I could do without.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (best by 24/02/13 08:29) poured into a Hennepin glass.

Nice clear golden color with a thick, 3-finger white head. Good retention with fluffy chunks of foam clinging to the side of the glass. Vigorous carbonation.

Nose is yeast, pepper, and spice.

Taste is clean, crisp, dry, and slightly spicy. This is a good sturdy saison. Maybe not the most complex or exotic, but good and drinkable - which is what I think a saison should be. Solid representation of the style.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy orange-yellow with a dense white head.

The nose is a little more tropical (papaya) as opposed to the citic vibe I've discovered in most Siasons, and there's a pretty intense creaminess to this too. The malt gives off an aroma very reminiscent of those sesame breadsticks you find in Italian restaurants, while the yeast is predictably spicy and a little herbal (dried Mediterranean) as well. Hops seem mild and noble with their delicate flowery tones.

Creaminess is a pretty constant theme on this one- creamy malt elevated by creamy carbonation- with a mild hop bitterness and a lemon-dreamsicle theme to the flavors. The mild spice, wrapped in creaminess of course, joins in on the dry, crakery finish.

A fuller-bodied Saison that I would definitely return to, though it's not my first or second choice in the category. Very approachable though, as it completely suppresses much of that typical barnyardy mustiness.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle does not have a fresh buy date but does list the alcohol percentage.

A: Golden orange with a slight haze and lots of carbonation. The head is half a finger deep, white, and fluffy. Head retention is average and there is minimal lacing.

S: Spicy lemon, tangy orange, cake, earthy minerals, and coriander.

T: Pepper, bread, lemon zest, tart orange peel, earthy sour dust: the finish has lots of spice, pepper, and some warming alcohol. This beer is dominated by citrus and floral notes.

M: Medium and dry

O: This beer is not sweet in any way. It has a lot of pepper and spice, tartness and bitterness. It is not as sour as other saisons I have consumed, but it is complex and offers many rugged flavors backed up by crisp carbonation. I would recommend trying this beer if you are looking for more citric and spicy characteristics in your saison.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into Tulip
A: massive medium bodied head that dissipated pretty quickly and with a sudsy quality into a cloudy light caramel colored body

S: slightly sharp apple skin aroma, lemongrass and a light breadiness, lots of CO2 in this one. Once the head dies down and it warms up there is a slight floral quality. I kinda wanted a little more darkness in the nose, more funk.

T: sweet at first then it gets a little woody with a strong amount of acidic citrus. It never really gets deep into the barnyard flavors with all of the citric acid-type flavors.

M: Strong carbonation bite, very bright on the palate with a slightly tanic, green apple skin dryness in the finish

O: Tasty beer for a warm day, but I wish it was a little heavier with either less carbonation or more richness in either flavor or body

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy, yeasty, and some candi sugar. In the taste, earthy, a small sour yeast, and a nice dryness all the way through. A small sour bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry small sour earthiness in the aftertaste. Nice earth and yeast, with a nice sour presence.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Omaha for the weekend at the in-laws, picked this up today at Beertopia.

Poured from the caged and corked 750 mL bottle with yeast resting on the bottom, it's cloudy and hazy, beaming of deep yellow, with a sticky white head and lacing.

Spices and yeast are dominant in a very charactericstic Belgian way, but without anything distinctive.

Bananas, cloves, assorted other mild spices. Sweet, nearly like a dubbel, but with more greenery-like hoppiness.

A little acidic, drying with astingency on the tongue, sapping it of all moisture, closing smooth, with popping carbonation and some stickiness.

Decent for a basic saison (is there such a thing?), but nothing unique about it.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appears golden yellow, with a light haziness to it. The head measures in at around 1/2", and leaves ample lacing behind.

The aroma brings citrus, floral notes, grasses, as well as some herbal notes.

A good example of the style, this brew offers citrus and spice flavors, with subtle grassy, funky flavors. Alcohol presence emerges somewhat in the finish. The beer is a bit on the sweet end of the spectrum for the style, whereas I would prefer more funky, grassy, yeasty character.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours hazy orange body with a think creamy head of beige that last for a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The clean dry nose has notes of hops in the finish. As the beer opens up notes of pear and spun sugar come through softly reminding me of a triple.

T- The spicy pepper and abbey yeast note give way to a soft Munich malt note. The finish has a soft pear eastery note and a green herbal pungent bite in the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a soft fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has lots of triple qualities and the St. Feuillien yeast character with a crisp dry finish and has more of a full quality than most saisons but very nice to drink. Just a little too filling for a session beer.

Photo of dzni
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden with a huge head on it initially.

S - I get a lot on the nose if I concentrate hard enough. Citrus, cloves, slight grassy earthiness, maybe some floral. There could be grapes or apricots there too, but I'm not sure.

T - While the nose is great, the taste doesn't seem to match up with it as well. I get some maltiness that's really nice, some hops, but not much else.

M - This is one of the best parts. There's a creaminess to this that's great on top of the strong effervescence.

O - While the taste didn't come through like I was hoping, overall this is a wonderful beer that I'd be happy to have again.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a hazy dark orange color with three fingers of off-white head that doesn't hold or laceas well as it should.

S: Grass, citrus notes, apples, and moderate hoppiness. It completely lacks funk which is disappointing in a Saison.

T: Apple, caramel, light citrus, coriander, and cloves. It is more like a Biere de Garde than Saison.

M: The body is of medium thickness with ver strong carbonation.

O: This is a decent brew if one doesn't expect a typical Farmhouse Ale.

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - Massive three finger fluffy white head that clings nicely to the side of the tulip. A light carmel/orange pour.

S - Some nice carmel/sweet malts and some average funk notes. Really good belgian yeast spices too.

T - Some nice carmely funk with that belgian yeast intermixing nicely throughout the flavor range. Tastes good.

M - Low carbonation, semi thin feeling. Its a nice mouthfeel, quite drinkable, but nothing out of the ordinary.

O - Overall, its a nice saison. Good flavour, really solid appearance. Its a nice saison, one of the better ones of the night.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, can't remember the price. 750ml dated 14/07/12, cork notes Lot: 5442. Into a NB Globe.

A: Nice turbid amber in color with an enormous off white head, a good three fingers worth that does not want to fade away. Fair amount of carbonation moving through the glass. Nice spots of lacing.

S: Spicy saison yeast and skunky hops greeted my nose as soon as the cork was removed. A bit of lemon rind and other slight citrus notes, slightly grassy as well. Smells like a nice saison.

T: A lot more malty than the nose leads on. A fair amount of pilsner malt with a touch of caramel. Not much bitterness, but there is a nice little bit of noble hop flavor in this beer. The yeast profile is there, but isn't as in your face as others, but it is still noticeable. Not a bad beer. Works well.

M: Nice body with a fair amount of carbonation that helps this out a bit, quite dry, and just a little bit of alcohol warmth in there as well. Not bad at all.

O: Not a bad saison, but not an exceptional one either. Probably won't seek this out again if I'm craving a saison.

St. Feuillien Saison from Brasserie St. Feuillien
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